Client: Cardiff University

Location: Maindy Campus, Cardiff University

Services: Landscape Architecture, Masterplanning

The Urbanists were appointed by Cardiff University to prepare landscape design proposals for the first phase of the development of a new research campus on Maindy Road. The landscape proposals were to complement a 9,000 sqm building designed by IBI Group.

Having previously completed a masterplan and public realm strategy for the whole of the research campus site, The Urbanists developed proposals for the landscape works for the first phase building in more detail.

The proposals included high quality floorscape materials arranged in a grid pattern set on a diagonal to the building line to create a dynamic flow across the space that corresponds with the pedestrian desire lines and highlights the building entrances. This pattern is reinforced by the introduction of lines of boxed pleached trees and raised planting beds which also formed informal seating. A palette of lighting, cycle parking, and way finding elements were incorporated into the overall design to create a unified scheme.

The landscape proposals were developed to the planning application stage with additional accompanying detail for tender. The Urbanists worked with the appointed ecologist to ensure that the landscape proposals incorporated the necessary elements to achieve the required BREEAM Excellent rating.